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Federal appeals court rejects Amber Alert case

OWENSBORO - A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and prison sentence of a 47-year-old Maine resident for transporting a 13-year-old Owensboro girl across state lines to engage in sexual activity.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday let stand the 30-year sentence for Archie M. Whalen, of Hancock County, Maine.

A jury convicted Whalen on July 26, 2012, of taking the girl in 2009 from her home in western Kentucky to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The girl was found a day after an Amber Alert was issued.

Officials said Whalen met the girl when she and her mother lived briefly in Maine.

Whalen is currently serving his 30-year sentence at United States Penitentiary Marion in southern Illinois.

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